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Nintendo Switch System Firmware Update 13.0.0 Patch Notes

Bluetooth support is here

by Damian Seeto


Update 13.0.0 has arrived for the Nintendo Switch, and here’s the full list of changes and fixes added with this patch.

Nintendo has now released a new system update for its very popular Nintendo Switch console. The latest version is number 13.0.0 and it finally includes Bluetooth support. This means you can use your wireless speakers and headphones with the new update.

However, Bluetooth microphones are not supported at this time. You can also maintain internet connection when you put the Nintendo Switch console to sleep. This should allow you to still download content while it’s asleep.

You can read the full patch notes posted down below.

Nintendo Switch System Firmware Update 13.0.0 Patch Notes

Bluetooth® audio support was added.

  • Headphones, earbuds, speakers, and other audio devices that connect with Bluetooth can now be paired with Nintendo Switch family systems for audio output.
    • Bluetooth microphones are not supported.
    • Up to two compatible wireless controllers can be connected to the system while using Bluetooth audio.
    • Bluetooth audio cannot be used while local wireless communication is active.
    • Depending on the Bluetooth audio device, there may be some audio delay.
    • For more information, see How to Pair and Manage Bluetooth Audio Devices.

“Update Dock” was added under System in System Settings for Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch – OLED Model systems, allowing for software updates to Nintendo Switch docks with a LAN port.

  • Dock software updates are not available for Nintendo Switch docks without a LAN port.
  • This feature was not added to Nintendo Switch Lite.
  • For more information, see How to Update the Dock Firmware.

“Maintain Internet Connection in Sleep Mode” was added under Sleep Mode in System Settings.

  • When this setting is enabled, systems with wired internet connections will maintain internet connection even while in sleep mode. This allows for software and add-on content to download to the system while the system is in sleep mode.
    • The setting is enabled by default.
  • When this setting is disabled, the system will connect to the internet only periodically, which decreases power consumption and delays downloads while in sleep mode.

Note: Systems that are not updated to version 13.0.0 or later behave as if this setting is enabled.

The method to initiate “Calibrate Control Sticks” in System Settings was changed.

  • From System Settings, go to Controllers and Sensors, select Calibrate Control Sticks, then fully tilt the control stick in any one direction and keep it tilted for a few seconds to begin calibration.

Users can now view whether their wireless internet connection is using the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz frequency band under “Connection Status” after selecting Internet in System Settings.

Info taken above comes from the official Nintendo Support website. The Nintendo Switch console is out now.

- This article was updated on September 14th, 2021

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